Today we're excited to chat with Jackson Pearce,
author of Ellie, Engineer.
Read on for more about Jackson and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Jackson Pearce!
Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of a series of teen retold fairy-tales, including Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless, and Cold Spell, as well as two stand-alones, As You Wish and Purity. As J. Nelle Patrick, she is the author of Tsarina. In addition to The Doublecross and The Inside Job, her middle grade novels include Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater. Visit her at www.jacksonpearce.com and @JacksonPearce (Twitter and Instagram).
Meet Ellie Engineer!
The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.
Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?
Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Ellie is, in some ways, a story about me as a little girl. When I was young, I liked pink and sparkles and dance class and unicorns and power tools and building and making forts. Sometimes people made me feel like I wasn’t allowed to like all of those things together— like I could only like “girl” stuff or “boy” stuff. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized there’s no such think as “girl” stuff or “boy” stuff. It’s all just stuff, and you can like whatever it is you like.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love the three main friends— Ellie, Kit, and Toby— but I also really really loved writing The Presidents. The Presidents are a group of three girls named Madison, Taylor, and McKinley, who write, illustrate, and edit a comic book together. They were inspired by three little girls I met at a friend’s Christmas party!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I’m particularly fond of the last building scene, which I can’t say much about without giving things away. That scene involved a lot of people, which always makes things tricky writing-wise, but it also involved those people using their own special talents and skills, which I had to make sure I showcased!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the cover for Ellie. I think my very favorite element is the graph paper background, and the fact that the illustrator included lots of tiny details from the book— like Ellie’s name written on her drill in purple.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
2018 is a REALLY strong year for books, especially middle grade. I’m particularly looking forward to The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr and The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017?
I absolutely loved STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor— I listened to the audiobook and when it was done, didn’t start reading anything else for a week or so, because I wanted that book to hang with me a little bit longer. I also adored ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL by Victoria Jamieson. I didn’t think she could top ROLLER GIRL, but holy cow, she did.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
More Ellie! The second book in the Ellie series releases later this year. In the meantime, there will be two online-only Ellie short stories out in May and August.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely revising. Drafting can feel ominous, at times— there’s so much blank space at first! Revising is where things start to feel like they’re really moving along.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can identify the breed of any dog at a distance. Try me.
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publishing Date: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
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